Understanding media

There are two larger, academic programs of study in Media Studies, which focus on different key aspects of the development and impact of media: Media and Culture and Media and Information.

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Media and Culture

In terms of the academic programs on offer Media and Culture encompasses film and television studies as well as comparative media studies, with both theoretical and practice-based modes of inquiry concerned with audio-visual culture as well as online and digital culture. Media and culture takes up broad questions surrounding the cultural origins and effects of media, from traditions ranging from the genealogical and media-archaeological to cultural studies, political economy and critical theory. Media theory, in all its medium-specific diversity, remains central as do media research techniques widely applied in film and television studies.

Substantively, Film Studies is currently engaging with the transformative shifts in both the materiality as well as the screening of cinema. Television and cross-media culture addresses the radical transformation of popular media in the age of mobility, second screens, participatory culture, and global distribution. Comparative Media Studies brings together film, television and new media through such topics as the mediatization of everyday life and the rise of the creative industries. Film Studies and Television and Cross-media Culture both offer one-year MA degree programs. There is additionally an 18-month professional MA in the Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image.

Media and Information
comprises new media and digital culture, journalism and media, cultural information science, archival studies and digital humanities. New Media and Digital Culture views the web as a site for the study of both online culture as well as cultural data. Journalism and Media focuses on the professional development of quality journalism (and journalists) in the context of pervasive and ubiquitous media. Cultural Information Science is taking up questions of ubiquitous information, as well as its sovereignty and ownership. Archival Studies concerns itself with new archive theory, revolving around novel forms of collecting and the politics of memory. Digital Humanities are applying pattern-seeking methods and techniques to digitized materials and heritage so as to provide distant readings for cultural history.

New Media and Digital Culture as well as Cultural Information Science both offer a one-year Master’s degree program. Journalism and Media offers an 18-month professional Master’s degree program as does Archival Studies. Digital Humanities is currently offered as a minor as well as an honor’s program for undergraduates.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

4 April 2017